Introduction to Law Entrance Exams in India

Law Entrance Exam

The popular perception of a law Degree has changed dramatically over the last few decades. Law has become a lucrative and versatile career option inspired by world class law schools such as the National Law School Bangalore, NUJS Kolkata, NALSAR Hyderabad, NLIU Bhopal, NLU Jodhpur and a host of other institutes / Universities. India’s best law schools teach you to be a leader, to bear responsibility and discharge it faithfully. Civil and criminal law are no longer the principal pillars of the five year law degree as students also study corporate and commercial law, mediation and negotiation, international law, intellectual property law, environmental law and human rights law, etc and further make a mark in these disciplines. Consequently, the degree equips you, not just to be an accomplished lawyer but also a businessman, bureaucrat, diplomat, social activist or academician etc.

To select the talented and gifted people who are just right for the legal profession, Law schools around the country have put their faith in entrance examinations. To uphold high professional standards Law schools across the country admit students either through entrance exams or on the basis of school / college results. However, Most of the top law colleges in the country select students through separate entrance exams. If you are aspiring for a degree in a top law school, then you have to appear for entrance exams.

Given below is a list of Law Entrance Examinations conducted by the most prominent law schools in India:-

Common Law Admission Test

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) would be conducted for the first time in May, 2008 and would be held every year on behalf of any of the participating institutes. The NLSIU, Bangalore, the oldest of the National Law Schools will set the process in motion by undertaking to conduct the admission test.

The CLAT is expected to provide the students the ease of filling up a single application form to get admission to any of the participating institutes. It is further expected that other National Law Schools (i.e., the Law Schools established by State enactments) would join these seven Law Schools in due course. Meanwhile, the results of admission test would be made available to them on request.

The seven participating Law Schools for CLAT at present are:

1. NLSIU, Bangalore
2. NALSAR, Hyderabad
3. NLIU, Bhopal
4. NUJS, Kolkata
5. NLU, Jodhpur
6. HNLU, Raipur
7. GNLU, Gandhinagar

Faculty of Law, Delhi University

The Faculty of Law, Delhi University (DU) offers a three-year LL.B. course and a two-year LL.M. course. Students applying for admission should have graduated with at least 50% marks. The course begins in August and admission procedures begin in July. Notification for admission is expected by the end of April. 15 % of the seats are reserved for SC candidates and 7.5% for ST candidates. 5% seats are reserved for children/widows/wives of the officers and men of the armed forces including Para-military personnel killed/disabled in action or those who died/were disabled in action or those who died/were disabled on duty. 3% sets are reserved for physically handicapped candidates. Admissions are based on entrance tests.

Amity Law School

The Amity Law School (ALS) has the unique distinction of being the first Law School in Delhi to start a 5 year integrated LL.B (H) programme. The School was established under the Ritnand Balved Education Foundation (RBEF) to achieve world-class legal education in the country. The LL.B(H) Programme was started in November 1999. The LL.B(H) Programme seeks to promote multi-disciplinary analysis of the socio-legal problems by designing its course-structure and teaching methods to realize these objectives. The methods of teaching in the Law School include lecture discussions, case law analysis, moot court training, project assignment and placement programmes. One is required to fill up the application form and then appear for the Entrance Test conducted by GGS Indraprastha University, to enter the LL.B course.